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Policy (1) and Policy (2)

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Supporting policy makers to meet needs of the Modern Policy Profession; this double-module is split into two distinct courses. Policy 1 focuses on identifying the problem, gathering evidence and identifying and engaging with stakeholders. It will provide you with tools and techniques to guide you through the early stages of the policy cycle. Policy 2 focuses on the need for robust delivery planning and evaluation. It will provide you with tools and techniques to guide you through these stages of the policy cycle.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to apply a range of creative thinking techniques to a policy problem in order to develop and present policy options
  • Understand how to appraise options using a variety of tools
  • Understand the complexity of delivering policy and the need to use and understand delivery partners
  • Understand how to plan for evaluation of policy

Programme: Day 1 (Policy (1): Identifying the problem and engaging with stakeholders)

9:15
Registration
9:45
Chair's Introduction
10:00
The Policy "Narrative"
What is policy? How does policy differ from strategy or procedure? The policy process - a typical policy life cycle
11:15
Refreshments
11:30
Stages and Stakeholders
What are the stages and what is needed at each stage? Discussion of the relevant parties involved and their potential to influence the primary stakeholders. From Ministers to customers - who is involved when, best practice.
12:15
Influencing the policy context
How various stakeholder try to influence policy - how to engage with them in the policy process. What can go well and what can go wrong.
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Evidence
Different types of evidence, how and where to source it, how to analyse and evaluate evidence.
15:15
Refreshments
15:30
Understanding, communication and consultation
Workshop activity on communication and consultation.
16:30
Close

Programme: Day 2 (Policy (2): Developing options and implementing policy)

9:15
Registration
9:45
Chair's Introduction
10:00
Option generation
Innovation and creativity exercise
11:50
Refreshments
12:00
Option appraisal
Setting criteria, weighting and scoring, techniques to select the optimum, force field analysis. The ideal and the possible. Workshop on an example.
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Delivery chains
How are we going to deliver the policy? What partnerships will be required?
15:00
Refreshments
15:15
Evaluation, review and continuous improvement
How will we know if we have been successful? What is the baseline? How will we know if the costs of delivery are greater than benefits of achievement?
16:00
Close

Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice

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Comments & Views

"The course met all of my objectives. The section on Policy design was very interesting and informative."

Charlotte Dann (BEIS)

"A great mix of practical advice and background information. Thank you!"

Andy Challis, Proskills UK